The Medical Technologist position is located in the Pathology and Laboratory department at the Wilmington VA Medical Center. In this announcement, applicant could be selected for GS-7 entry level or GS-9 Medical Technologist. GS-7 will receive more supervision and training from experienced staff. In the health care community, MTs are generally referred to as "medical laboratory scientists (MLS) or clinical laboratory scientists (CLS). The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas. He/She also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as needed. The duties and responsibilities of the GS-9 Medical Technologist - Generalist includes but are not limited to the following duties and tasks: a. Carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory. Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation. Selects, performs, evaluates, and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. b. Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements. c. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. d. Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. e. Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. f. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions. g. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures. h. Evaluates the validity of test data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures. Correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results. Performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results. i. Responsible for the generation of laboratory results from the work area into the laboratory information system (LIS) and for editing and verification of the results recorded into the LIS. Recognizes critical tests and critical values that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly. Fully documents communication of critical tests and critical results in the LIS. Telework eligible: Not available Compressed/flexible schedule: Not available Location: 1601 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19805 Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 3pm -11pm, with rotating night shift weekends of 11pm-7am Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized
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